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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivers more torque from bigger Atkinson-cycle 2.4-liter engine

A couple of years ago, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV. And by now, they are giving the plug-in hybrid SUV a significant update for the 2019 model year, a few months after launching the model in the United States. The most important change though is found under the hood. This is because the former Otto-cycle 2.0 liter gasoline engine has been replaced by a larger Atkinson cycle 2.4 liter unit.

Mitsubishi decided not to share output number, but instead, they said that the torque has gone beyond 186 Newton metres (137 pound feet), which is attainable at 4,500 rpm in the previous Outlander PHEV. Meanwhile, efficiency has improved and a smoother operation is expected from it. The vehicle’s output remains a mystery to us at this point, but for what it is worth, the 2.0 liter engine had an output of 118 horsepower (87 kilowatts) at 4,500 rpm.

Furthermore, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV benefits from a 10 percent generator output hike and a 10% boost of the rear motor’s output. They also decided to tweak its lithium ion battery pack that has a capacity of 13.8 kilowatts per hours, which has increased from the previous 12 kWh. Furthermore, the battery’s output has improved by 10 percent. These revisions also affected the electric range compared to the outgoing model with 22 miles too.

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Ukraine Police Force receives fleet of 635 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs

The National Police of Ukraine has a whole array of vehicles under their belt, including the Toyota Prius, Hyundai Sonata, Renault Dokker, and even a few Lada Niva 4x4s. And now, the list is now longer as the East European country received an overwhelming 635 plug-in hybrid SUVs from Mitsubishi, probably the biggest ever fleet of plug in hybrid vehicles delivered by the Japanese automaker.

This is not a first for the Japanese automaker as a few years ago, the company shipped a total of 507 full electric i-MiEVs in Estonia. Now Mitsubishi has delivered an army of 635 Outlander PHEVS that is based on the facelifted variant. Both of these contracts were approved as part of the Green Investment Scheme, an international emissions trading plan that aims to reduce C02 emissions and greenhouse warming gases.

The overwhelming fleet of environment-friendly SUVs was transferred to Kiev, with a delivery ceremony held in the country's capital where the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the MMC's president and chief graced the affair and even took part in the festivities. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was considered as the best-selling plug in hybrid in Europe for no less than 4 successive years and had impressive registered sales of about 80,768 units at the latter part of last year. The SUV has been rolled out since 2013.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander receives its new design

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger crossover made its official unveiling recently at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. uses new design language on the 2016 Outlander – the first Mitsubishi production vehicle to do so. The changes on the 2016 Outlander go beyond aesthetics.

Overall driving experience is enhanced with a staggering amount of major engineering and design improvements. The 2016 Outlander is expected to appeal to buyers who are looking for quality, value, and safety.

"Dynamic Shield" -- Mitsubishi's new front design concept – is seen on the 2016 Outlander. For generations, the Montero has had bumper side protection – a feature that protects the car and the people. This will be making its way to the Outlander.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S introduced at 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

Mitsubishi’s new Outlander PHEV Concept-S is company’s latest special design package for the production Outlander PHEV. Unveiled today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Outlander PHEV Concept-S arrives with a new front end design that consists of a Three-Diamond mark with bold chromed accent mouldings and wraparound headlights.

At the rear, the concept gets elongated taillamps that run from tailgate to wings. The entire design is highlighted by a brilliant “Platinum White” with glass flake finish.

Inside, the Outlander PHEV Concept-S gets black wood grain trim with silver accent, a centre console inspired by the Japanese traditional black lacquered boxes, soft fine leather which was hand-stitched by craftsmen for the seat upholstery.

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Prior to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Mitsubishi unveiled the Outlander PHEV Concept-S, its latest concept car that previews a special design package for the production version of the Outlander PHEV. The new design was created under “Sporty and Sophisticated” theme and features wraparound headlamps, a brand new front grille dominated by the Three-Diamond mark and chromed accent mouldings on either side.

At the rear, we find the same chrome accents complemented by elongated lamps. According to Mitsubishi, the colour chosen to highlight the design of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S is ‘Platinum White’ with glass flake finish.

Inside, we find a ‘Black & Burgundy’ colour scheme, black wood grain trim with silver accent and a centre console design inspired by the traditional Japanese black lacquered boxes.

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Mitsubishi officially announced today that at the 2014 Paris Motor Show it will unveil the all-new Outlander PHEV Concept-S. Two years after it unveiled the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric Twin Motor SUV, Mitsubishi prepared the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S in order to propose a special package.

According to the short press release, the new Outlander PHEV Concept-S arrives with a refined interior and a new exterior design. Mitsubishi says that the concept car follows the “Sporty and Sophisticated” design line and promises to offer an unique combination of spirited 4x4 performance from its twin-motor PHEV system and superior on-road performance.

There are no words about the powertrain but we do know that the current Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as well as two electric motors that offer a combined output o 200 hp (149 kW) and 337 Nm (249 lb-ft) of torque.

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Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has jumpstarted a cross media launch campaign for its Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Planned by Manning Gottlieb OMD, the campaign builds on Mitsubishi’s in 2013, when the brand was the fastest growing mainstream carmaker in the UK. The cross-media campaign was launched with the carmaker’s first TV spot since 2009.

The first spot was aired at 9:50 pm in Gogglebox on C4, and also in The Champions League Final on Saturday evening at 7:35 pm. The spot was shown on Sunday at 7:30pm during Britain’s Got Talent on ITV.

The spot featuring the Outlander PHEV centers on the concept that instead of being just another car launch, the Outlander PHEV represents a paradigm shift for motoring. The spot tells about the Outlander PHEV coming to life and driving along a futuristic timeline.

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Mitsubishi Motors has completed another stage of testing during the development of Outlander PHEV, this time letting the vehicle experience cold weather in Russia for two months. The testing was part of the goal to make the Outlander PHEV a truly global vehicle that could thrive in all possible driving conditions in all regions in the world.

Prior to the Russia testing, the Outlander PHEV already went hot weather testing in the United States and cold weather assessment in Canada. Three test cars accumulated over 30,000 km during over eight weeks of testing in Russian cities of Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Tolyatti, where they were subjected to a very low temperature of below -30° C and snow-covered road surfaces.

Despite the harsh weather, the Outlander still managed to eke out a good performance, with no issues for the charging system. Mitsubishi’s engineering team has already subjected the Outlander PHEV to places where conventional EVs thrive, testing the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle on various road surfaces.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will launch the Outlander plug-in hybrid in the United States in 2015, two years following its global debut. The delay is due to bottlenecks in the manufacture of batteries. The Japanese carmaker is ramping up battery supply, but this will not be enough to commence delivering the Outlander plug-in hybrid in the US in 2014 as initially planned.

Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko attributed the delay to tight capacity at its main battery supplier Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Motors, GS Yuasa Corp. and Mitsubishi Corp. Until this fall, Mitsubishi was receiving only 2,000 battery packs a month from LEJ since production is split between batteries for the Outlander plug-in and batteries for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

In September, however, LEJ shifted output of EV batteries to a separate site, thus freeing capacity at the first plant to build more batteries for the Outlander plug-in hybrid. As a result, Mitsubishi now can receive 4,000 plug-in battery packs a month, with an expectation to get 5,000 a month in April when LEJ further expands capacity.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover has received a maximum five-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). The five-star rating is the latest of the awards that confirm Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s @earth TECHNOLOGY – which embodies the carmaker’s Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety.

All of these pillars are found in the Outlander PHEV, considered as the pinnacle of @earthTECHNOLOGY. The Outlander PHEV, which features MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System, was named as the "Car of the Year Japan 2013-2014's Innovation Award" for its environmental performance and motive performance.

Also, Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC).  In November, the conference also named which the plug-in hybrid EV system as the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

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Mitsubishi isn’t very popular in the U.S. but recently, it has reported strong sales for its two crossovers, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Mitsubishi and the H360 creative services agency have designed these two crossovers to make use of active lifestyle gear to stand for the various seasons of the year and the corresponding active sports.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Winter Edition has a white paint scheme as it’s intended for skiers and snowboarders. It features a special leather interior with grey suede accents and yellow stitching together with two cameras in the dashboard and center armrest to record your moves on the slopes.

The ski equipment featured on the Outlander includes a snowboard rack on the roof; all-weather floor mats; matching jackets, snow pants, goggles, and boots in the back and a ski pole-style shift knob. In addition, it has a coffee machine on board.

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The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will serve as the “Official Safety Vehicle” for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) slated for June 30. The seven-seat 2014 Outlander is suited to be the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this annual hill climb as it boasts of several technologically-advanced safety features like the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM).

2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will take place in the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Participants will have to conquer a snake-like Pikes Peak road course that is 12.42 miles in length.

They have to challenge 156 corners and battle a daring climb from an elevation of 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 91st running of the event since 1916, making it the second oldest motor race in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

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Mitsubishi is running a new advertising campaign to launch its redesigned 2014 Outlander crossover, backed by increased funds and wider coverage. The campaign, which revolves around the tag line "Find your own lane," is designed to help Mitsubishi become once again a player in the vehicle market in the United States.

The campaign, funded by a larger marketing budget for the current fiscal year, entails spots in national television as well as a return to network prime time for the first time since 2005.

Francine Harsini, director of advertising for Mitsubishi Motors North America, remarked that campaign is the brand's largest-ever digital advertising expenditure. Mitsubishi is estimated to have around $170 million as its marketing budget in the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2014.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling its i-MiEV units in Japan due to a production glitch that caused one lithium ion battery pack to melt and another to catch fire in March 2013. The carmaker will recall over 4,000 vehicles with the potentially faulty batteries in Japan starting mid-July. Mitsubishi has sold a small number of affected i-MiEVs in Europe and the United States.

Also affected is Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover sold only in Japan. The carmaker has stopped production and sales of the affected vehicles. According to Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu, they are preparing appropriate measures for markets outside Japan, which may mean a similar recall in the US.

The carmaker said in April it had contacted drivers in the US about the glitch. The carmaker has come up with a solution to the problem in May that could prevent the defects.Koketsu said the new process will produce replacement batteries for the cars being recalled.

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With the discontinuation of Suzuki’s operations in the U.S., Mitsubishi isn’t daunted and has pledged to remain in the U.S. market in spite of its widening inventory, plunging sales, and dearth of new products. However, Mitsubishi has announced that it seeks to launch two new vehicles -- the 2014 Outlander SUV and a new Limited Edition trim level for its 2013 Outlander Sport CUV -- at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2014 Outlander made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It was actually available for sale at the Japanese domestic market for a short period in conventional gas-burning form. A plug-in hybrid is in development.

Mitsubishi has set some grand goals by indicating that the Outlander will have the fuel economy of a compact CUV while also being a seven-seater as standard. It appears that Mitsubishi is hoping to achieve a 30-mpg highway rating but it hasn’t been figured out just what features the Outlander will have to attain this.

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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is aiming to make its redesigned Outlander mid-sized crossover as the brand's top-selling vehicle. Mitsubishi is expecting to sell around 33,000 units annually of the next-generation Outlander when it rolls out the vehicle next year in North America. So far, the Japanese carmaker only managed to sell 5,909 Outlanders in the first nine months of 2012.

Mitsubishi’s expectations for the Outlander are considered ambitious, as the numbers do not include a plug-in hybrid version that will also be marketed in the United States. Mitsubishi sold 99,531 vehicles in Canada and the US in 2011.

That year, leading the sales charge for the carmaker was the Mitsubishi Lancer, which accounted for 19,874 units out of total Mitsubishi sales in the US of 79,020 units.

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Mitsubishi announced that at this year’s Paris Motor Show it will bring the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new car is not a mere adaptation of an existing or a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or “PHEV”) promises to share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions.

So, what to expect? Well, Mitsubishi says that its first Plug-in Hybrid car will be an EV-based vehicle relying on its extensive EV and electronic know-how and supplemented by a petrol engine. Mitsubishi says that this solution is more suited to global markets than diesel.

Moreover, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production. Just like the other plug-in hybrids on the market, the new crossover will offer unique drive train combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine, which translates into a choice of three driving modes: Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV), Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by generator) and Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

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Mitsubishi introduced its refreshed 2013 Outlander at the New York Auto Show, the model’s debut in the U.S. Mitsubishi’s present top-seller received updates such as a revised and smoothed-up front and rear end and a set of standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, which are now standard. The compact crossover gets the same headlights and the distinctive Mitsubishi grille, which features new chrome trim.

Mitsubishi will transfer its production from Japan to the U.S. Since the launch of the Outlander, Mitsubishi’s Japan plant has been rolling out the model. But the automaker has decided that for the rest of its existence, the U.S. plant will build it. The CVT of the Outlander has been improved so that shifts are smoother and it has an enhanced driving feel.

It also comes with a new multi-link rear suspension that will add to its ride quality and handling. What’s now offered as standard equipment are a leather-covered shift knob, steering wheel and standard Bluetooth. When customers choose the range-topping SE model, they will get a six-speaker audio system, HID headlights, push button ignition and smart key passive entry.

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Mitsubishi unveiled its all-new Outlander at the Geneva Motor Show. Later on, this new third-generation Outlander will be available with a plug-in hybrid model, which has a CO2 emissions level of less than 50g/km. Its hybrid system may be of use when considering replacements for the Shogun and the Lancer Evolution X.

A preview of this new Outlander was seen at the Tokyo motor show as the PX-MiEV II concept car. This production car sports has been subjected to very slight revisions compared to the concept. It appears to have been given a slightly softened front end with circular fog lights, a modified front grille and a different lower front bumper.

The interior offers a similar design to the existing car but Mitsubishi asserts that it gains from having better sound insulation and the best materials.

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Mitsubishi is intent on lowering emissions for the third-generation Outlander medium SUV, the production version of which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model features a new design style for the company after it dismissed the aggressive "jet-fighter" grille, which was first viewed on the Evo sports sedan and utilized on the current Outlander.

The new appearance was seen by the PX-MiEV II last year at the Tokyo auto show. It signifies an aspiration to reduce emissions, the company said. General Design Manager Hiroaki Ohtsuka commented at the Tokyo show that up until now, Mitsubishi has focused on the drivability and SUV development. He disclosed that their new initiative switches the focus to the more environmental factors.

In Europe, the new Outlander will be launched for sale in late summer with a selection of a 2-liter petrol or a 2.2-liter diesel. The emissions decreased to as low as 130g/km with the selection of a two-wheel-drive variant and the utilization of stop-start technology.

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